AP English engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of poetry and prose. Through the close reading of selected works in various genres, students deepen their understanding of the ways authors and poets use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for readers. As they read, students will consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as smaller-scale elements such as the use of figurative language: imagery, symbolism, and tone, etc.
The AP course includes intensive study of works from various genres and periods ranging from the Renaissance to the Post-Modern era in American and British literature, concentrating on works recognized for possessing “literary merit.” Students will read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a work’s complexity in order to absorb its richness of meaning and to analyze how that meaning is embodied in literary form.
In addition to considering a work’s literary artistry, students reflect on the social and historical values the literature reflects and embodies; careful attention to both textual detail and historical context provides a foundation for interpretation. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.
AP English is designed for preparation for the advanced placement language and composition test. Students who choose to take the AP exam may pay a fee (Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch may also qualify for a "fee-reduced" exam) to earn possible college credit.
Prerequisites: A or B in past English courses & on the Junior Research paper; strong English skills
No prerequisites class required unless stated in the course description.